Editor’s Note: This is the first of an ongoing series about boat builders in the Southeast. We will be featuring everything from runabouts and dinghies to mega yachts and mass market cruising vessels, all built right here in our local boat yards.
Soon after it was delivered to its owners, Trinity Yachts’ latest superyacht. Lady Linda, crossed the Atlantic to ply the clear waters of the Mediterranean before making her debut at the Sept. 19-22 Monaco Yacht Show.
While Trinity has had to supplement its custom yacht business with commercial and military vessel construction during the recession, there are still loyal pleasure craft customers keeping their yards in New Orleans and Gulfport, Miss., busy with refits and new construction. Still, it has a ways to go to return to its 2006 level when the company was the largest superyacht builder in the world based upon linear feet under construction.
Lady Linda is the third Trinity Yacht built for a Florida couple. Among their design specifications for their latest purchase was a shallow draft to enable them to berth the vessel behind their home as well as to handle the skinny waters of the Bahamas where Lady Linda will be available for charter in the winter months. During the summer months, she is available for charters in the Mediterranean.
To achieve an 8-foot draft, Trinity’s naval architect designed a 33-foot beam. The exquisite 187-foot, three-deck, aluminum vessel features luxurious contemporary accommodations by celebrated interior designer Evan Marshall of London.
Lady Linda’s forward main deck full-width king master suite features his and her showers, a Jacuzzi, and a large owner’s office. There is a half-beam gym aft of the pilothouse, which – with Trinity’s design ingenuity – converts into a fifth guest cabin. The four half-beam, equally-sized guest staterooms located amidships below all feature sea view vistas. The main deck includes an elegant entrance foyer and socializing space in the main and dining salons.
Advanced electronics include auto lifting television systems, total surround sound and networked computer equipment with uninterrupted power sources. The air conditioned aft exterior deck on the pilothouse level provides abundant space with a full-beam skylounge. The unique Trinity sundeck is outfitted with floor-to-ceiling glass doors to deflect wind and features a large bar and a hot tub. It is “touch and go” heli-ready and is equipped with a davit suitable for rescue tender, jet skis and water toys.
Collaboration between the owners, owners’ rep Ingo Pfotenhauer, builder and interior designer created a truly custom yacht built to exacting specification.